Prison not the answer, says Holness

HOLNESS ... the essence of prison reform is not to build more

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — Alleging that the current People's National Party (PNP) administration is a "spineless government that will sell you out" Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness has reiterated his party's objection to a proposed prisoner transfer deal with Britain. Holnes ... Read More

The two sisters were reportedly taken to a back room at this house
where they were slaughtered. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) Discomfort in Manchester community following sisters’ murders
COMFORT, Manchester — The gruesome murder of two sisters in Comfort District in this central p ... Read More

PALMER… moved water
SMITH… seconded the
FISHER… applauds motion St Elizabeth Parish Council moves to address water shortage
BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — The St Elizabeth Parish Council is expected to pass a resolution a ... Read More

Azan with residents of Brown Town. ‘Highway’ in Brown Town
SPALDING, Clarendon — RESIDENTS of Brown Town in Cumberland, Clarendon North Western, say that ... Read More

Tea Party for Charity

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Tea Party guests were treated to a fashion show.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester- The group Friends of the Mandeville Regional Hospital recently hosted its annual fundraising Tea Party. Proceeds this year, according to vice president of the organisation, Brenda Johnson will go towards purchasing chairs for the surgical and children's wards. Johnson, who lived abroad for many years before returning home, said that the voluntary efforts were initiated over 20 years ago by a group of friends who saw the need for various amenities at the health facility. ... Read More

People must help the police says new Manchester commander

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 05, 2015    

New divisional commander for Manchester,
Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester- Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell who recently took command of the Manchester Police Division says the establishment of more Neighbourhood Watches will be among her strategies for fighting crime. Speaking on the value of partnership in crime prevention at a 'Tea Party' fund raiser organised by Friends of the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Cameron-Powell said she had set a timeline. "Currently there are thirty-seven active Neighbourhood Watches across Manchester and ... Read More

Poised for growth

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor at Large, South Central Bureau | Monday, October 05, 2015    

(L) Principal of Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High Ivorine Dwyer
says her school is poised for growth.
(R) Principal of Santa Cruz primary and Junior High, Ivorine Dwyer
shows off a record of achievements.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- It's been a long, hard and frustrating struggle but now principal of the Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High, Ivorine Dwyer, believes her school is set for a new and glorious path. Her optimism has been triggered by the Ministry of Education's removal of the shift system from the school and its replacement by normal 'straight day' or 'full day' of classes and instruction. "This is phenomenal for students, teachers and for the parents who have long awaited the change ... Read More

STETHS overcome Munro College 3-2 in parish derby

Monday, October 05, 2015    

STETHS’s double goalscorer, Michael Kerr, dribbles with
Munro's Alex Preciado in his wake in the ISSA/Flow daCosta
Cup clash at STETHS on Saturday. STETHS won 3-2.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth - St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) defeated long-time rivals Munro College 3-2 on Saturday to strengthen their chances of reaching the next round of the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup. STETHS were beating Munro for the second time this season following a 1-0 win at Alpart Sports Club, two weeks ago. Michael Kerr scored twice for STETHS on Saturday, in the 9th and 35th minute while Romeo Wright netted in the 33rd minute. For Munro, Carlos Polomares, a Californian of ... Read More

Off you Go!

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Off you go!

Participants at the start of the inaugural Church Teachers College 5K Fun Run/Walk in Mandeville early Saturday. The event was held as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebrations. Part proceeds will towards the purchase of equipment for the Mandeville Regional Hospital. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Off you Go! --> Read More

Mixed reviews from Take Style Out newcomers

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Customers at
Maxie's store
wait on a cashier.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester- Some merchants are now seasoned to the Jamaica Observer Take Style Out (TSO), which has been boosting their earning potential over the years, but for others in Mandeville it was a first time experience on Thursday last. It was a learning curve for all and retailers who caught on quickly reaped maximum benefits. Only two months in business Pablo's Hair and Beauty Supplies started offering discounts from as early as 9:30 am and had a plan to end the night when customers w ... Read More

Former JCDC parish 'princess' among Police Co-op Credit Union scholars

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Minister of National Security and Manchester Central Member
of Parliament Peter Bunting presents Deja-Lee Thompson with
her certificate of achievement at the awards ceremony.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- For 12 year-old Deja-Lee Thompson, it was another triumphant achievement. A past Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festival princess for Manchester, Thompson was among Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awardees who recently received a back-to-school head start through bursaries from the Jamaica Police Co-operative Credit Union. More than fifty students including two tertiary recipients, were honoured during the awards ceremony at the Golf View Hotel. The ... Read More


Monday, October 05, 2015    


Students at the Mile Gully Primary School in North Manchester were recently reminded of the importance of using the road safely at a seminar organized by the Mines and Corporate Services Departments of bauxite alumina company Jamalco. The seminar formed part of the Jamalco - In Schools Programme. Photo shows Leonard Francis of Jamalco's Mines Department showing students how they should walk in single file on the roadway. (PHOTO: JAMALCO) Read More

Top awards for Jamalco

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Chief Executive Officer Antonio Melo (third right) accepts the Highest
Corporate Donor Award from United Way of Jamaica's Chairman Ian
Forbes. Sharing the moment are (L-R) Human Resources Manager
Christopher Buckmaster, communications specialist Ealane Livingston
Smith, acting manager, corporate services, Donna Marie Brooks-Gordon and
General Counsel Sonia Mitchell.

HALSE HALL, Clarendon — Jamalco/Alcoa Foundation is the recipient of United Way of Jamaica's (UWJ) 2014 top Nation Builders' Award. A news release from bauxite/alumina producer, Jamalco, said the companies received the Highest Corporate Donor and Jupiter Awards for contributing over $10 million to UWJ during 2014. The award was presented at a special Nation Builders' & Employee Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently. United Way of Jamaica's Chairman Ian Forbes commende ... Read More


Monday, October 05, 2015    

A diary

(1) Friday October 9 The Carnegie Foundation for Cancer Research and Office of Graduate Studies and Research, NCU Public Lecture- "Cancer: Is The Cure in Your Backyard?" Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing Northern Caribbean University- 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (2) Monday October 19 Heroes Day Jamaica Family Fest 2015 Mandeville Primary and Junior High Proceeds in aid of Mandeville Women's Centre (3) Saturday October 24 Awthentik Expressions Evening of music, poetry, dance, drama and a ... Read More



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